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CAR June 2018

CAR is Southern Africa’s leading automotive-interest magazine – and has been since 1957. It’s aimed at petrol-heads of all ages looking for, expert reviews, road tests, driving impressions of the latest models available and great motoring content from the country’s leading motoring journalists.

South Africa
RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

The stats reveal the truth: the car on the left produces 441 kW and 750 N.m, while its Teutonic peer cranks out even more; 450 kW and 850 N.m. Along with their all-wheel-drive abilities, both will go from 0-100 km/h in about 3,40 seconds. Those, my fellow petrolheads, are supercar numbers. Actually, they’re better than supercar numbers: these two have superior power, torque and acceleration figures than three revered and relatively recent examples. Exhibit A: Lamborghini Gallardo; AWD; 367 kW/ 510 N.m; 0-100 km/h in 4,2 seconds. Exhibit B: Porsche 911 (997) Turbo; AWD; 350 kW/620 N.m; 0-100 km/h in 3,9 seconds. Exhibit C: Ferrari 458 Italia; RWD; 419 kW/540 N.m; 0-100 km/h in 3,4 seconds. The two “sedans” featured here are not merely fast in a straight-line, either. With our…

2 min
winning letter

SUZUKI GRAND VITARA FAN After reading for some time now about the latest and greatest new SUVs, I have a number of observations. I am fortunate to own, among my other modes of transport, two Suzukis, a Jimny and a Grand Vitara. Although numerous favourable comments were raised in a number of forums and magazines about the delightful and adorable little Jimny (mine is affectionately named “Seuntjie”), I do miss similar comments about the Grand Vitara, and I have often wondered why. In reading aforementioned road reports about the products from BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, Subaru, etc., I always judge these against my 2011 Grand Vitara 2,4 manual. I then wonder how these vehicles will really stand up against this specific product from Suzuki. It has, as standard, a proper four-wheel-drive system,…

1 min

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5 min
over to you...

Please include your physical address and telephone number. Diverse ideas and opinions are welcome, but publication of your letter doesn’t necessarily mean we agree. Please stick to a maximum of 300 words. CAR reserves the right to edit and shorten letters owing to space constraints. MOTOR INDUSTRY ENTERING A DEATH SPIRAL? As a lifelong car enthusiast, I cannot help but feel that many manufacturers who have a local presence are surely going to see their sales shrink to unsustainable levels in the years ahead. Much like our present government, they seem to believe that consumers/taxpayers have bottomless pockets, although I concede limited niche markets will always survive no matter how astronomical the asking price of a vehicle might be. For many years I, too, have played the “bigger and better” game (I presently own…

1 min
eta: 2020 ml - phatic

avarvarii.com 1 BACK TO THE FUTURE The M3’s drivetrain will not follow in the AWD footsteps of its bigger brother, the M5. Adopting a simpler, purist-pleasing RWD setup and nixing all-wheel steering further aids in keeping weight down while providing a more traditional driving experience. 2 LIGHTWEIGHT UNDERPINNINGS Like the next-generation BMW 3 Series, due in 2019, the M3 will be built on the latest version of the firm’s CLAR platform that currently features in the 5 Series. In the M3, it will boast more aluminium and high-strength steel to save mass and improve chassis rigidity. BMW has ruled out using its Carbon Core tech (as on the 7 Series) due to the complexity of the production process, but the new car will weigh less than the current 1 585 kg M3 CS. 3 JUST ADD…

1 min
a little competition...

BMW has revealed the M2 Competition and the only subtle thing about it is a reserved styling approach that ushers in mild enhancements to the kidney grille and skirts. Under the bonnet lurks a tuned version of the M3’s 3,0-litre S55 twin-turbo, inline-six engine. Developing 302 kW (and 550 N.m), this unit eclipses the stock M2’s 272 kW output. M2 Competition 6-spd manual 4,4 sec 250 km/h 280 km/h M2 Competition 7-spd dual-clutch 4,2 sec 250 km/h 280 km/h 0-100 km/h Top speed Top speed, M Driver’s Package…